If you are looking for a fun, unique yet relaxing, quiet place to stay in San Juan del Sur, this is it! It is a totally different experience than staying in the main town. It is quite a drive to get to though. $30 taxi from the Costa Rica border. And $6-$12 (day or night) taxi to downtown. Despite the other posts I really do not feel it is possible to walk to the beach or to town, unless you are in amazing athletic shape. The hotel is literally on top of a small mountain. Excellent views but the taxi barely made it up the steep road so I know I would never make it on foot. But since there is a pool and a restaurant there is no problem just staying there all day.
Rooms were large and clean. Nice bathrooms. We put 3 in a room with no problem as Room #3 and Room #4 have nice third beds. There is a nice balcony/terrace to eat breakfast or play games. Some of the rooms have a private balcony.
One thing I thought was nice during our stay was the quiet and tranquility. There were a few other guests but everyone seemed to just be relaxing.
Most of the other posts mentioned how wonderfully friendly the hosts/owners were. We did not have this experience. In fact, we felt so uncomfortable by how we were treated by Delphine that we decided not to stay at the hotel for dinner as she was so obviously annoyed with us even though we tried our best to be kind. This was disappointing since the food had such rave reviews. However, I do believe that everyone is entitled to a bad day. I am sorry it put a damper on our stay, but hopefully was an isolated incident. We are guessing she did not have enough help that day and was overwhelmed.
Breakfast, served outside on the terrace was excellent.
We paid approx $80US plus $10 extra for third person. More than accommodations in main town BUT well worth it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- El Jardin is the perfect place to relax while enjoying amazing views on the Pacific Ocean. The hotel is located up a hill, 4 km (2,4 miles) North from San Juan del Sur. We offer free shuttles to town once a day. Our guests can also spend the day by the outdoor pool where they can enjoy stunning views on Nacascolo bay. Each room has a private bathroom and features charming decor with cheerful colors. Some of them have a private terrace overlooking the ocean which is the perfect spot to watch the sunset. El Jardin's bar & restaurant features both an indoor and an open-air dining area with views on the bay. We serve international food (for example, burgers and tacos) and are also very proud to offer European inspired options (including Beef Bourguignon, Shrimp bisque, Homemade lasagna and many more). The bar is open all day with a good selection of cocktails. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- El Jardin Hotel San Juan Del Sur